FREDERICK, Md.- On Saturday, the Frederick Community College softball team and coaching staff volunteered for Rally in the Valley 2017 at the Frederick Fairgrounds. Thousands from around the area took part in the fun-filled event while supporting veterans, raising awareness for our service members and honoring the fallen. Â For one day, thousands will unite to bring awareness to the 22 Veteran lives lost each day to PTS-related suicide. 100% of the proceeds will go to Veteran resources including research into PTS and TBI, crisis call center funding, events, and more.
Those in attendance were treated to a jeep show, games, food, and live music from a star filled lineup headlined by country music star Colt Ford with special guests Sam Grow, Devin Nickoles, Vinyl Rhino, and The Knight Brothers.
Rally in the Valley proceeds will be split into three major charities: 22Kill, Medical Missions and Platoon22. Below are brief descriptions of how the funds will be utilized.
Platoon22 exists to combat the epidemic of veteran and service member suicides. Our three-pronged attack focuses on the following: 1) Fellowship to give the veteran a sense of belonging again, 2) Education to increase awareness of this problem and the resources available to service members and their families, and 3) Legislation to protect individuals from negative reprisals resulting from seeking help as well as to remove blanket drugging of our service members.
Honor Courage Commitment, Inc. started the #22KiLL movement in 2013 after learning about the staggering statistic that on average 22 veterans are killed by suicide every day (VA 2012). HCC is committed to understanding the genesis of this statistic and continues to research and educate #22KiLL Veteran Advocates on how this number is derived. HCC addresses both the challenges and confirmations of data allowing Veterans Advocates to comprise their own positions.
Medicinal Missions LLC, based in Venice, California, was formed by two Combat Wounded Veterans in 2013. Project 22 is designated non-profit via fiscal sponsor, From The Heart Productions (501(c)3) and is currently screening nationwide. Concurrent with filming, Medicinal Missions ran a 22 day, 6,500 mile Awareness Campaign highlighting the high rate of suicide in the Veteran community. All activities to date have been funded by crowd-sourced fundraising, including a successful Indie GoGo Campaign.